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Lost iPhone Prototype Surfaces at Gizmodo

So someone leaves a phone on a bar, someone else picks it up and plays with it, and the next thing you know Gizmodo is taking it apart and declaring that this disguised iPhone is a test model of the not-yet-released iPhone 4G. The blog then outlined all the phone's new features. Apple is taking the accidental leak very seriously.
In a blog post on Monday detailing how it obtained the phone, Gizmodo said it was left by an iPhone software engineer at Gourmet Haus Staudt, a German specialty store and beer garden in Redwood City.

The person who found the phone peddled it to Gizmodo, which bought it for $5,000, Nick Denton, chief executive of Gawker Media, which owns Gizmodo, said by instant message.

His company’s sites have had a longstanding practice of paying for scoops, and the windfall was tangible. Traffic spiked on Monday, and at midday more than one million visitors stopped by the site in one hour to see pictures of the coveted gadget.

By late in the day, reports began to surface on the Internet that Apple’s chief executive, Steven P. Jobs, had called Gizmodo to get the device back. Mr. Denton declined to comment, saying any conversation between Mr. Jobs and Gizmodo would most likely have been off the record.

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LOL- my hometown made it on Neatorama. Redwood City. I'm sure the engineer probably is in hiding. I know a couple of people that work at Apple and they are very tight lip about stuff, so that guy is probably in hiding or did get fired.
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Lost or planted?

I know Apple likes its big press releases for new toys, but anytime something like this happens, I always if it's really just bad luck or a deliberate publicity move.
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Ok, if I find a cell phone in a bar and I keep it and sell it then I am in trouble for that was not my phone to sell. I would be in trouble with the police.

If I met someone who tells me they found a phone left in a bar and I buy that phone from them then I would be in trouble with the police.

Why is Apple not pressing charges (it must be their property if it was a development model)?

Could all of this be a publicity stunt?
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So, some apple engineer leaves the new iphone on a bar, and somehow Gizmodo ends up with it and does a review on all of the features. Come on guys. Clearly a publicity stunt to get all the geeks jacked up about it. Move along...
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You mean irresponsible engineers can't just walk out of a development facility with a company secret prototype worth millions of dollars in intellectual property?

Apple should probably keep a log sheet of those things or something.

Pffff, gimmick!
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I'm with AMercer and Harnett -- I think Apple should be pressing charged for the phone being sold (come on, everyone involved KNEW they didn't have a right to the phone, and just because charges haven't been placed yet, doesn't mean they won't). AND I think it was very cheap and tabloid of Gizmodo to reveal the personal information of the engineer. They just screwed him over -- very unclassy. Frankly I'm tired of Gizmodo.
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Finders keepers losers weepers.

If not a PR stunt, the so called engineer should be flogged. How freaking hard is it to hold onto a cell phone? I bet the guy wears velcro shoes.
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According to this lawyer, http://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/company-property-lost-in-a-bar----ok-to-sell-it-to-252607.html, what Gizmodo did was illeagl...unless it can argue that it paid for access to phone, not the phone itself.
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It's very uncharacteristic of Apple to pull this kind of publicity stunt. They like to have total control of their launches. And yes, they have indicated there will be charges of some kind filed.
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drunken accident
it's not like the iphone4 has a new pepperspray release button. They only wave here is the ceramic backing (well, and yeah, that whole 'Mighty Apple Fortress' thing). So after enjoying a lunchbreak reading in the NYT and straight from the Gizmodo's mouth...Oh, by the way, Does Gizmodo always write like that?...
I wonder how this will be officially released now?
I could care less about iphones. What intrigues me is how we as a human populace are suckered into 'techno power worship'.

Why do I find this slip so exciting???
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NICK DENTON DID COMMENT ::

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2010/04/gawkers_iphone.php

Someone should fix that and edit it appropriately...
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